Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center recently made the following announcement:
Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI (Percutaneous from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.
Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms.
They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.
“As the first accredited Chest Pain Center in Orange County, we were an early adopter of the SCPC’s high standards for cardiovascular care,” says Tina Wolferd, Director of Cardiovascular Services for Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center. “We are pleased to be recognized for our long-standing commitment to improving heart attack outcomes through the dedicated efforts of our entire staff and physicians.”
Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center is the only accredited Chest Pain Center in Orange County. To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, the hospital engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
To the community served by Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:
- Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
- Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
- Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital.
“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” said Dr. Arthur Calick, the hospital’s Medical Director of the Chest Pain Center. “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient.”
Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center’s state-of-the-art healthcare encompasses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient and includes such focal points as dispatch, Emergency Medical System, emergency department, cath lab, quality risk management, and community outreach.
By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.